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    A reponse to my angle measurement query.
    ------------------------------- Original Message -------------------------------
    Dear Warren,
    we have had same problems just 1 year ago, when we had to collect data
    about the 6 DOF of upper limb in order to evaluate frequency content
    of human tremor from neurological patients by means of a stereophoto-
    grammetric system.
    We have implemented the CAST experiment protocol (Cappozzo et al. Clin.
    Biomec. in Press) to the total body movements acquisition. It means that
    plate with 3 markers are mounted on the body segments under analysis using
    elastic bands. Then a number of useful anatomical landmarks are calibrated
    with respect to the relevant plate-coordinate system. In this way, for each
    body segment, it is possible to determine an anatomical coordinate system
    the position and orientation of which are estimated starting from plate-
    mounted markers coordinate collected with stereophotogrammetry.
    In summary it seemed a complete method for the determination of movements
    with respect to anatomical frames. No disturbs are encountered from the
    patients (total weight of upper limb sut-up was 0.6 Kg), great accuracy
    was found also for small displacements and rotation. For instrumentation
    you need a stereophotogrammetric system with 2 cameras, the cost of which
    is approximately 40.000 dollars (but you should find this better). Of course
    this not reasonable for upper limb movements only, but it may be shared
    with other movement analyis projects.
    Do not hesitate to contact me for any question.
    A stereophotogrammetric approach for the study of total body kinematics of
    human tremor. Benedetti, Liguori, leardini, Catani,Cappello, Zanna, Giannini
    In Proceedings of III Int.Symp.on 3D Analysis of Human Movement. Stoccolm
    July 5-8 1994
    Alberto Leardini
    Biomechanics Lab
    Bologna - ITALY